There is joy throughout Beaver County as the Aliquippa Quips celebrate their 34-7 victory over the Washington Prexies on Friday to capture the Class AA WPIAL football championship at Heinz Field.
Now, the team is preparing their march toward the state championship.
The victory also was good news for the Beaver County Commissioners, who won their bet with their Washington County counterparts.
The elected commissioners in both counties had agreed, in a friendly wager, that the county flag of the winning team would fly over the losing team's courthouse. And, the commissioners wagered a food basket to be presented to the local food bank of each county.
The mayors of Aliquippa and Washington have made a similar wager to fly the winning city's flag at the loser's city hall.
But as of Tuesday, the flag of Beaver County was not yet flying over the Washington County courthouse.
"I called [Washington, Pa.]" to make the arrangements, "but they haven't gotten back to me," Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik said Tuesday.
Though his team won, Mr. Spanik said he still expects the Beaver commissioners will send a food basket to a food bank in Washington County.
The Quips will face Karns City on Friday for the quarterfinal game of the PIAA championship. The game is at Central Valley High School in Center, so Mr. Spanik expects a heavy turnout of fans from all over Beaver County because "athletes bring communities together."
"Aliquippa has a history of great football teams," Mr. Spanik said, sending native sons, including Joe Namath and Mike Ditka, on to fame and success in the National Football League.
Last Friday's win gave the WPIAL championship to the Quips for a record 15th time.
In a town with so many great teams, "this is one of the greatest teams in our history," Mr. Spanik said.
Aliquippa Mayor Dwan B. Walker was out of town Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.
Linda Wilson Fuoco: email@example.com or 412-722-0087. First Published November 29, 2012 10:15 AM